African Mango, also known as Irvingia Gabonensis, is a wild fruit-bearing tree that grows in the Western part of Africa. Since the early times, local people and huntsmen from the Western African continent have included the staple of African mangoes into their diets and have benefited greatly from its cholesterol-improving and energy-giving effects. The African mango tree looks somewhat like a normal mango tree, but there is a huge difference between the fruits of African mangoes and regular mangoes. While regular mangoes usually possess yellowish to greenish fruits, Irvingia Gabonensis fruits are usually colored with speckles of red, green and yellow and they also contain African mango seeds (Dika Nuts) which are highly edible.
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African Mango is also known in some places as Agbono, Bush Mango, Kaka Fruit, Dika Nut, Bread Tree Fruit, Dikanut, Odika, Dikka, Etima, Irvingia, Duiker Nut, Irvingia Barteri, Irvingia, Manguier Sauvage, Gabonensis, Ogbono, Mangifera Gabonensis and Wild Mango.
The popularity of the African Mango fruit has jumped to a great rate when Dr. Oz, the resident celebrity doctor in Oprah Winfrey’s show, suggested that the African Mango, particularly its seed extracts, can cause fat loss and weight reduction. Because public interest on a certain product usually jumped high when it was mentioned in a show as trusted and as popular as Oprah, many people became interested in the weight loss effects of Irvingia Gabonensis. Soon, even Hollywood actors and actresses jumped on the popularity of the fruit and many have attested to the potency of this celebrated “miracle” fruit.
The African mango tree is a native plant of Western African regions, but they have since been domesticated throughout some parts of East and Southeast Asia. It grows from 30 meters up to 50 meters in height depending on the richness of the soil and the number of surrounding vegetation. Like the regular mango tree, African mangoes also possess flowers and typically start to bear fruit around its tenth year. It has a fine-grained wood that is used by people for construction and the flesh of its fruit may range from being sweet to slightly bitter.
People looking for nutrition facts about the African mango will be glad to know that it is considered as one of the healthiest fruits to consume. While the soft, fleshy fruit of Irvingia Gabonensis contains a lot of Vitamin A that can help improve the vision of the eyes along with high content fiber, beta carotene, Vitamin C, and various Phytosterols, the African Mango seeds are highly-prized because of their high protein and natural fat content. Hunters and locals in Western Africa have consistently consumed Irvingia Gabonensis to help them recover energy during long hunting seasons. African Natives are also known to use the seeds of the African mango (which are rich in mucilage, a thick gooey substance produced by plants) for other purposes such as creating food paste or vegetable oil.
There are several differences between the African Mango and the Regular Mango. Aside from the color of their fruits, the wood of both trees also differ to some extent. Regular Mango Trees have woods that aren’t as solid and compact as the African Mango trees. Aside from that, the circular layers of an African Mango tree are also much more numerous compared to the regular mango tree, making the wood of the African mango tree much more suited for building and construction.
Another defining characteristic that separates African Mango vs Regular Mango is the occurrence of edible seeds in Irvingia Gabonensis. Unlike a regular mango fruit which contains only 1 big seed that is mostly inedible, Irvingia Gabonensis fruits contains nut-like seeds that can be eaten separately from the fruit and used to thicken up soups and concoctions. These seeds are also the ones carrying the IGOB131 extract which is responsible for the weight loss potency of the African Mango.
Even before it was known to act as a fat loss agent, African mangoes have already been used by the natives as a natural remedy to certain illnesses. For example, the bark of the tree can be used as a remedy for diarrhea when mixed with a palm oil solution. Shaving the stem barks of the tree can also produce a remedy to Hernia, dysentery and the “Yellow fever” which is common in the African region. Grinding the bark of the tree and boiling it in water also produces a sticky, paste substance that can be used to remedy skin irritations and rashes. Wine can also be produced by fermenting the fruit of the African mango tree for at least a month.
According to scholarly research studies done extensively by reputable medical organizations, African mango does have an effect on weight loss. If you check some of our researched African Mango case studies, it is clear that the good cholesterol levels of people who consume the recommended African mango extract dosage shoot up while the bad cholesterol lowered down. Aside from that, measurable improvements in both body weight reduction (average of 5-8 lbs) and waistline thinning (up to 2 inches) were seen on one of the case studies presented involving the participation of obese and overweight subjects. Irvingia Gabonensis definitely possess the characteristics of a natural fat burner and appetite suppressant, making fat loss extremely possible for people who are trying to lose weight.
Additionally, African Mangoes are also studied as potent anti-adipocyte formula. By controlling the activity of fat cells in the body also known as “lipocytes” or “adipocytes”, components taken from African Mango extracts are able to minimize the accumulation of fat in locations such as the belly, the thighs and the arm area which makes weight loss easier for individuals who possess a very slow metabolism.
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